Launch of the week

Key Publishing’s new bookazine, focusing on scenic modelling and dioramas, is a great way to capitalise on a hobby which generated more than £5.2m in magazine revenue last year


 

Scale Modelling: Dioramas

On sale out now 

Frequency one shot

Price £5.99

Distributor Seymour

Display with Scale Aircraft Modelling, Model Engineers’ Workshop, Military Modelling


Miniatures are a profitable hobby, full of expensive products and dedicated fans – between March 2017 and February 2018, modelling magazines sold 1.2 million copies and generated more than £5.2m in revenue. 

With that in mind, Key Publishing is launching a new bookazine focused on scenic modelling and dioramas. A special instalment of the Airfix Model World series, Scale Modelling: Dioramas includes features about products and the techniques needed to produce your own dioramas. 

The bookazine is aimed at fans of railway and gaming sectors as well as modellers, so be aware of extra potential sales outside the more obvious audiences.

Country Walking

On sale out now

Frequency monthly

Price £4.50

Distributor Frontline

Display with Trail, The Great Outdoors, Bushcraft & Survival Skills

  • This guide to walking the British countryside has competitions, gear reviews and features about the UK’s best hiking spots.
  • Aimed at collectors, this special A to Z of Country Walking edition has 27 route suggestions appealing to both newcomers and enthusiasts.

Grand Designs

On sale out now

Frequency monthly

Price £4.40

Distributor Marketforce

Display with Homebuilding & Renovating, Build It, Self Build & Design

  • An architectural magazine about extensions and renovations, Grand Designs is full of ideas, guides and analysis of the latest trends.
  • September’s issue debuts the magazine’s new design, and features articles about how to conceptualise and build your own home.

Vive Le Rock

On sale 22 August

Frequency monthly

Price £5.25

Distributor Seymour

Display with Mojo, Classic Rock, Uncut

  • This rock magazine includes features and interviews about the world’s most famous and promising rock bands.
  • This month’s issue includes a free seven-inch flexi disc record by Vive Le Rock’s award nominees Bar Stool Preachers.

Puzzler Travel Special

On sale out now

Frequency monthly

Price £3.70

Distributor Marketforce

Display with Puzzler Collection, Jumbo Collection, Take a Break’s Take a Crossword

  • This themed puzzle magazine offers more than 200 puzzles of over 40 types, including acrostic, crossword, codeword, kriss kross, outsider, pieceword, sudoku, suguru and wordsearch.
  • This special travel issue has puzzles of varying difficulties for the whole family, and includes a free pen and a competition to win £4,999.

Car

On sale out now

Frequency monthly

Price £4.80

Distributor Frontline

Display with Autocar, Auto Express, Classic & Sports Car

  • Covering everything from hatchbacks to sports cars, this motoring magazine includes features, reviews and news about every aspect of the automotive world.
  • The September issue reviews the best hatchbacks of 2018, test drives a £50,000 Toyota Supra and comes with a special 40-page BMW supplement.

Attitude

On sale out now

Frequency four-weekly

Price £4.95

Distributor Intermedia

Display with Gay Times, DNA, Out, Pride Life

  • This gay men’s lifestyle and fashion magazine has interviews and features about music, theatre, entertainment, gadget, cars, sport and health.
  • Attitude is celebrating 300 issues with a special edition, guest-edited by Edward Enninful, and it includes a 52-page special supplement showing 50 past covers selected by the editorial team.

Take a Break's Take a Crossword

On sale 23 August

Frequency four-weekly

Price £2.50

Distributor Frontline

Display with Puzzler Travel Special, Jumbo Collection, Take a Break’s Take a Puzzle

  • Take a Crossword was launched in 1993 and is solely focused on crossword puzzles.
  • It offers more than £5,000 in prizes, along-side a £1,550 competition for a two-person trip to Cyprus.

Take a Breaks’s Take a Puzzle

On sale 23 August

Frequency four-weekly

Price £2.50

Distributor Frontline

Display with Take a Break’s Take a Crossword, Puzzler Travel Special

  • This mixed puzzle magazine includes crosswords and codebreakers alongside logic and illustrated puzzles.
  • The latest issue includes several competitions, including £2,500 in cash prizes, £10,000 in products and a trip to Cape Verde worth £3,000.

Courier

On sale out now 

Frequency bimonthly

Price £5

Distributor Seymour


Specialist Choice

Jeremy Leslie

MagCulture, London

Who buys it?

People of all ages and genders – it’s a magazine about business start-ups, so I can’t honestly say there is only one specific demographic interested in it.

How do you display it?

We put it front of shelf and on the window display – we reserve the window for magazines we really like, and I think Courier is special.

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Marcello Perricone,
magazines reporter

My week in magazines

Last week, we exclusively reported the May edition of BBC Gardeners’ World was the best-selling monthly magazine of the past three years. This is very much welcomed news in a market that has been in decline for quite some time. 

However, print is still going strong, with the newspaper market also receiving some great news this week. According to a report by the Advertising Association and ad intelligence agency WARC, print display advertising revenue for national newspapers has grown for the first time since 2010. This shows an interesting uplift in what, so far, has been a constantly losing battle against the digital onslaught. 

These small victories are by no way the end of the war, but they do show the sector as a whole is energetically fighting every battle. Aside from BBC Gardeners’ World’s performance, the magazine industry is also seeing the relaunch of Future’s Real Homes this week and the 300th issue of Attitude – the latter of which is about to complete 25 years of existence. Magazines are still going strong, and if the publishers have anything to say about it, they will continue to do so.